"The bottom line in the Dune trilogy is: beware of heroes. Much better to rely on your own judgment, and your own mistakes."
Continuous improvement applies in the Tyrell corporation, just like in the real world.
Compare to the Nexus-6 from the same novel; see also the positronic brain from Isaac Asimov's 1941 story Reason, the Hangman from Roger Zelazny's 1976 story My Name is Legion (and see this explanation of the term replicant from Ridley Scott's Bladerunner).
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